1. God never stops loving you. No matter where you’re from, where you’ve been or the mistakes you’ve made, God loves you. There is nothing that can get in the way of that. Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Nothing means nothing. God is love, and His love for you has no limit.
2. God created you for a purpose. You are “the God-created” (Acts 17:24-29, MSG), and God made you with a destiny and purpose in mind. He didn’t create you to sit and do nothing. He chose you to walk in power, freedom and victory.
God reveals His purpose through your gifts and talents. I challenge you to use your abilities to bring God glory.
3. God wants to give you an abundant life. The devil would love to destroy you, but God wants you to have an abundant life filled with His power and provision. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV).
There isn’t a single need you have that God doesn’t want to fulfill. As my dear friend Dave Martin always says, “The rest of your life is the best of your life!” Believe that God will provide all that you need, and get ready to live at another level.
4. God gave His Son as a sacrifice to cover all your sins. I love the way Romans 8:3-4 in The Message version explains what Jesus did. It says, “God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son.”
The guy in me loves the sound of that—it perfectly describes the bold and intense moment when Jesus stepped into our humanity and broke the law to rescue you and me. And He did that because He loved us.
5. God has prepared a place in heaven for you. This earth is not our home! God prepared something else for us. He prepared a place where we will be able to spend eternity with our loving and faithful Father. If you’ve ever doubted the existence of heaven, just read the entire book of Revelation.
The bottom line is this: God loves all of us, regardless of our history. And there is a huge difference between conviction and condemnation. God convicts, and that leads us to repentance, but the devil condemns, and that leads to a life of guilt.
God isn’t mad at you. He wants to spend eternity with you. Would you want to live forever with someone you were mad at? God doesn’t either.
The most valuable thing you will ever receive is God’s grace. He gave it to us so we can understand the power of being redeemed. He gave it to us so we can spend the rest of eternity—starting today—living with and enjoying Him.
by Pat Schatzline co-founded Mercy Seat Ministries with his wife, Karen, in 1997. Together, they have ministered to more than 2 million people around the globe and have seen tens of thousands transformed by God’s power.